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Filming on Vincent Perez’s Maître d’armes enters the home straight

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- Produced and distributed by Gaumont, the feature film stars Roschdy Zem, Doria Tillier, Guillaume Gallienne and Damien Bonnard in its cast

Filming on Vincent Perez’s Maître d’armes enters the home straight
Actor Roschdy Zem (© Georges Biard) and actress Dora Tillier (© Georges Biard)

Having kicked off on 20 June, shooting on Maître d’armes, the 4th feature film directed by Vincent Perez after Alone in Berlin [+see also:
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, to name but one (in competition in the 2016 Berlinale), has entered into the home straight with the final clapperboard set to slam on 12 August.

At the head of the cast we find Roschdy Zem (the winner of 2020’s Best Actor César and Lumières trophy for Oh Mercy! [+see also:
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interview: Arnaud Desplechin
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]
, also awarded an acting prize in Cannes 2006 for Days of Glory [+see also:
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interview: Rachid Bouchareb
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]
, recently well-received in Undercover [+see also:
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interview: Thierry de Peretti
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]
, and soon to be seen in Venice in Les Enfants des Autres), Doria Tillier (nominated for the 2018 and 2020 Best Actress César via Mr and Mrs Adelman [+see also:
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and La Belle Époque [+see also:
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interview: Nicolas Bedos
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, and hitting cinemas on 5 October in L’origine du mal), Guillaume Gallienne (awarded the 2014 Best Actor César for Me, Myself and Mum [+see also:
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]
, and nominated in the Best Supporting Role category in 2015 for Yves Saint Laurent [+see also:
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interview: Jalil Lespert
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]
) and Damien Bonnard (nominated for the 2020 and 2022 Best Actor César via Les Misérables [+see also:
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interview: Ladj Ly
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]
and The Restless [+see also:
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interview: Joachim Lafosse
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]
, as well as the 2017 Acting Revelation Lumières award for Staying Vertical [+see also:
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interview: Alain Guiraudie
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]
; also hitting cinemas in December in La Grande magie).

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Starring alongside them, we find the director himself (nominated for the 1998 and 1999 Best Supporting Role Césars), Noham Edje (Forever Young [+see also:
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interview: Valeria Bruni Tedeschi
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]
), Spanish actor Pepe Lorente (soon to be seen in La maternal) and Belgium’s Myriem Akheddiou (nominated for the 2020 and 2022 Best Supporting Role Magritte awards thanks to Young Ahmed [+see also:
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interview: Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne
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]
and Titane [+see also:
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).

Written by the director and Karine Silla-Perez, the story transports us to Paris in 1887. French society is undergoing rapid change and duels are a common occurrence when it comes to upholding one’s honour. Clément Lacaze, a charismatic fencing master, and Marie-Rose Astié de Valsayre, a feminist ahead of her time, decide to join forces to fight side by side in spite of the risks and the dangers they face…

Maître d’armes is produced by Sidonie Dumas on behalf of Gaumont, in co-production with France 2 Cinéma. Pre-purchased by Canal+, Ciné+ and France Télévisions, the feature film is also supported by the Ile-de-France region who are hosting the 39-day film shoot (with recording notably taking place at Epinay Film Studios, in the Château de Maintenon and the Château de Balincourt, in Saint-Cloud Park, in the Fort de Cormeilles-en-Paris and in the Gobelins Manufactory). Distribution in France and international sales are both set to be steered by Gaumont.

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(Translated from French)

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